Wanted to give everyone a heads up on two upcoming chats that we'll be having here at FDL.

This Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT, Howie's guest for Blue America will be the fantastic Victoria Wulsin.  You guys will no doubt remember that Vic Wulsin very nearly unseated Mean Jean Schmidt in the last election cycle in a very, very red district — the OH-2.  And I hereby pledge to move heaven and earth to make that Mean Jean defeat happen in 2008.  Please make some time to stop by and let Vic Wulsin know we'll all be working with her for victory in the next election.  If you missed the Blue America chat that we had with her during the election, please do read it — it isn't just unseating Mean Jean, because Doc Wulsin is an amazing person who would be a wonderful voice in the House.

Also, next Tuesday — April 24th at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT — we'll be hosting a live chat with MoveOn.org's own Tom Matzzie.  He'll be stopping by to discuss the campaign that MoveOn has worked on with Americans United For Change regarding the Iraq mess — a program designed to put pressure on elected representatives in districts where a majority of their constituents do not support the Bush Administration's policies, even though the elected folks are still providing cover for the Bushies.

It is well past time for that to change.  And folks like Mitch McConnell and John Sununu and Susan Collins, among many others are about to face a very public choice:  either choose your constituents or George Bush, but you no longer get to have it both ways.  There will be much, much more about this in the days to come, but watching the ads here will fill you in on a bit of the pressure being leveraged at the moment.  And boy are there some great plans in the works for a whole lot more to come.

You want to keep siding with President Bush against the will of the American public and the constituents that you are elected to represent?  Just remember, there is a price to pay.  And we are going to make certain that the bill comes due.

Hold onto your hats, gang — we're getting things moving, and we're going to help shake up the status quo.  Here's to the folks inside the Beltway remembering they work for us, and not the other way around.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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